• The C&O Canal a few miles above Great Falls VA
  • “The Georgetown” canal boat at Georgetown. Mile 0 of the C&O Canal
  • Crossing the Youghiogheny at Ohiopyle on the Great Allegheny Passage
  • Great Falls of the Potomac
  • Keystone viaduct on the Great Allegheny Passage
  • Mount Vernon home of George Washington
  • Dyke Marsh on the Mount Vernon Trail
  • View of the Potomac from Mount Vernon
  • Volunteers muscle a stepping stone into place on the PHT
  • Volunteers install a gravel tread on the PHT
  • Volunteers getting ready for action!
  • The C&O Canal a few miles below Great Falls VA
  • View of Harpers Ferry WVA from the C&O Canal
  • The Wide Water section of the C&O canal
  • The Paw Paw tunnel on the C&O Canal
  • A nice view of some wind mills on the GAP
  • A very picturesque spot on the GAP

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In conjunction with the Mid-Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts (MORE, www.more-mtb.org), PHTA will be offering a 10-mile circuit hike on National Trails Day at Lake Fairfax Park. It follows the Cross County Trail, the W&OD and the Rails to River trail. MORE is arranging a large variety of off-road bike rides of different lengths, from beginner to expert, many along the Fairfax Cross County Trail and a network of trails at Lake Fairfax Park that MORE volunteers have built over the last few years. MORE expects at least 400 riders to attend. Times of the various events are still being worked out, but mark the date--this is one of the premier loop bike/hike in Fairfax County!...
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    Fairfax County Park Authority and Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority have supported our favored riverside-cliffs alignment of this trail in their response memos dated March 19 and April 4, respectively.  Supervisor Hyland has been strongly supportive.  Fairfax Water has objected for reasons of security but so far has not been specific. Next step is to nail this down. The photos below show the W&OD trail at the LuckStone quarry in Ashburn, and the Capital Crescent Trail at the Delacarlia Reservoir in Bethesda, as examples of how trails can peacefully coexist near quarries and reservoir, not to mention highways and Metro lines (W&OD and Cross County Trail pass under both).  Thanks to everyone for their responses (we got 5100 hits on this...
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Please note that planned May 14, 2014 hosted by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority and co-hosted by the Potomac Heritage Trail Association has been postponed.  We will post the new date on this website and our Facebook page when we have a new date!!  Thanks for your interest!!...
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On Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 2 pm, the National Memorial Trail Alliance will unveil a map of a new trail connecting the three sites where lives were lost on Sept 11, 2001. Location is National Park Service's Columbia Island Marina near the Pentagon. Excerpts from their press release are below (details at www.911MemorialTrail.org):   The September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance and the Dominion Foundation will be unveiling a commemorative trail map honoring the nearly 3,000 lives lost in America’s worst terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. The Pentagon Memorial Trail Circuit Map features a route that is a link between two of the three legs of the full trail connecting the Pentagon Memorial with New York City’s National September 11 Memorial...
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Enjoy hiking with Sierra Club Potomac Region Outings on a spring hike through Mason Neck in southern Fairfax County! Starting near the new Mason Neck Gateway Information Center, we follow the Potomac Heritage Trail through the BLM Meadowood Recreation Area and Pohick Bay Regional Park, before returning along a series of recently constructed trails. Distance: 11 miles over rolling terrain. Enjoy wooded hills, stream valleys, and scenic views of Pohick Bay and the distant Potomac River. Once part of George Mason's Gunston Hall, the parks at Mason Neck now holds the largest protected lands in rapidly growing Fairfax County. Meet at 9AM at the Gunston Elementary School parking lot east of the intersection of Gunston and Old Colchester roads. Sunday, March 30...
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UPDATE 4/15:  Additional volunteer work has extended a rough-cut version of this trail from where we left off on March1 out to Compton Road, a distance of 3/4 mile. ============================================= Four volunteers joined forces on Saturday to begin building the new Cub Run trail at Bull Run Regional Park. The morning started out bitterly cold, about 15 degrees, though it warmed to the 40s by the time we called it quits around 1:30. It will be a key link in the West Fairfax Trail from Bull Run to Reston, where we have led a series of hikes. Previous hikes have followed the Event Center driveway for this mile-long segment.  The trail we started building on Saturday offers a superior hiking experience, more in tune...
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